It has been discovered that patients who are overweight are more likely to suffer a recurrence of atrial fibrillation than those who have a healthy body mass index.
However, the risk can be lowered if the patient is able to permanently reduce their weight.
Atrial fibrillation is the most common type of irregular heartbeat, but it can raise the risk of suffering a stroke. It is caused by high blood pressure, sleep apnea, diabetes, heart attacks, heart failure, inactivity, and congenital heart defects. Atrial fibrillation can be treated with cardiac ablation, but this is a relatively aggressive therapy.
Lead researcher Jared Bunch, of the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute, said:”Despite advances in the technology, approximately 30 percent of patients need a repeat procedure to remain atrial fibrillation-free. Both physicians and patients often ask what else can be done to make the procedure more effective and the results from these studies give us a convincing answer.”
Posted by Edward Bartel
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